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Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame’s Mistakes

Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame’s Mistakes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Az) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 55-31, Saturday, in a victory that will push them one step closer into consideration for the college football National Championship final four.

Taking advantage of five Notre Dame turnovers, Arizona State scored 28 points off of those takeaways.

Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson accounted for all five turnovers and still brought Notre Dame within three points of Arizona State, closing the score to 34-31.

Arizona State responded with a 75 yard touchdown drive and sealed the game with a Lloyd Carrington pick six off Everett Golson on the next Notre Dame drive.

With the win Arizona State moves to 8-1 and enters the National Championship playoff selection discussion.

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No. 12 Baylor Mauls No. 15 Oklahoma

No. 12 Baylor Mauls No. 15 Oklahoma

ThinkStock(NORMAN, Ok) -- Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears continued to showcase their dominance this season as they beat down Oklahoma Saturday. 

The Bears trailed the Sooners 14-3 after the first quarter. By the end of the fourth quarter Baylor had flipped the scoreboard as they defeated Oklahoma 48-14.

Petty picked apart the Sooners secondary by tossing for 387 yards and one touchdown, completing 32 of 42 passes. 

Baylor did its real damage on the ground as their running game gashed the Sooners for five rushing touchdowns. Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin each had a pair of scores and Corey Coleman added another of his own.

Coleman did his real damage through the air as he was on the receiving end of 15 of Petty's passes. He racked up 224 yards receiving and caught the team's lone passing touchdown.

A scary moment occurred in the waning moments of the fourth quarter as Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight attempted to avoid a sack.  He was being pulled down by his jersey when two other Baylor defended attempted to bring him down and piled him into the ground.  Knight lay motionless as medical personnel rushed to his side.  He was put on a stretcher and rushed to a local hospital.

 

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Arizona State Prepares for Notre Dame

Arizona State Prepares for Notre Dame

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-1) will get one of their biggest challenges this season when Notre Dame (7-1) comes to town on Saturday.

"This is arguably the best football team we've seen all year and with that comes great opportunity," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "I don't have to give our players any motivational speeches this week; they're going to be pretty fired up to play."

Arizona State is 3-1 at home this year and is averaging 34.4 points a game.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame has given up 30 or more points for three straight games. Arizona State is hoping to take advantage of their defense.

"I think it'd be silly to say it's like any other game," Graham said.  "It's the kind of games you want to coach in.  It's a kind of game our players want to play in and our fans want to see.  I'm looking forward to seeing a packed house and creating a memory."  

Notre Dame will be relying on their offense to spark the team on the road. The Irish are 1-1 on the road this season.

"It's an aggressive scheme," Irish head coach Brian Kelly said of the Sun Devils defense.  "One that is going to try and take away the run, but also try and get the ball away from you."

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CB Marcus Peters Dismissed from Washington

CB Marcus Peters Dismissed from Washington

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(SEATTLE) --  University of Washington cornerback Marcus Peters was dismissed from the team, head coach Chris Petersen announced Thursday.

The dismissal comes after Peters got into another argument with assistant coaches during practice Wednesday. Despite being kicked off the team, Peters will still have a scholarship to complete his education.

"These are not decisions that are taken lightly," Petersen said. "We have high standards for players in our program and they are held accountable when those standards are not met. I wish Marcus the best in the completion of his education and in achieving his football goals."

This isn't the first time Peters has had problems with Washington's coaching staff. He was suspended one game earlier this season after having a sideline tantrum following a personal foul call in the team's game against Eastern Washington.

Peters was playing in his third season for Washington. This year he has 30 tackles and three interceptions. He was rated as ESPN's Mel Kiper's No. 22 prospect on his current Big Board. Freshmen Sidney Jones and Naijiel Hale will start at cornerback Saturday when the Huskies host No. 18 UCLA.

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Clemson Prepares for Wake Forest

Clemson Prepares for Wake Forest

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Clemson Tigers (6-2) will travel to Wake Forest (2-6) on Thursday in a quest for their sixth straight victory.

Clemson will rely on backup quarterback Cole Stoudt as freshman starter Deshaun Watson remains questionable with a broken finger.

"We keep finding ways," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said.  "This is a battle-tested group. They're tough-minded."

Clemson's defense continues to impress this season and is only giving up 18.3 points per game. Meanwhile, Wake Forest is averaging 14.8 points a game.

"We've got a lot of things to clean up. We're early in this process and if we can establish effort as a starting point then we are headed in the right direction," Wake Forest first-year coach Dave Clawson said.

Wake Forest is 0-4 in their ACC matchups this year.

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Oberkrom’s Last Second Field Goal Gives (7) TCU a 31-30 Win

Oberkrom’s Last Second Field Goal Gives (7) TCU a 31-30 Win

ThinkStock(MORGANTOWN, W. Va.) -- Jaden Oberkrom's 37-yard field goal as time expired helped number seven Texas Christian University (TCU) erase a 13-point deficit and defeat 20th ranked West Virginia 31-30 on Saturday afternoon. The Horned Frogs (7-1) forced five turnovers to help in the comeback effort.

It was the first time this year that TCU played outside the state of Texas and they struggled to start the game. West Virginia (6-3) led 13-0 with less that four minutes to play in the first quarter before Deante' Gray caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to put the Horned Frogs on the board.

Following a scoreless second quarter, TCU took the lead five minutes into the third when Boykin scampered into the end zone for a 14-13 lead. The Mountaineers were able to regain their 13-point lead though, scoring twice in 25 seconds. After Dreamius Smith's five-yard touchdown run, Terrell Chestnut picked up a fumble and ran 35-yards for another touchdown and a 27-14 West Virginia lead.

Once again, the Horned Frogs found a way to get back into the game. Trailing 30-21 early in the fourth quarter, TCU drove down the field before B.J. Catalon ran in from six yards out to get within one possession. TCU then forced a West Virginia punt with 2:07 to play and reached the Mountaineers 25-yard line to set up Oberkrom's heroics.

Despite the win, the Horned Frogs were held to a season-low 389 yards of offense one week after putting up 82 points in a win over Texas Tech.

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(24) Duke Beats Pitt in Double Overtime

(24) Duke Beats Pitt in Double Overtime

iStockphoto(PITTSBURGH) -- It took double overtime but the 24th-ranked Duke Blue Devils kept their spot atop the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division with a 51-48 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. 

"We were resilient, continued to fight and believed down until the very end," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.

The winning score came from backup quarterback Thomas Sirk, who rushed in from five yards out after the Duke defense held Pitt to a field goal. The Panthers (4-5) had a chance to win the game in regulation, driving inside the Duke 10-yard line. However, kicker Chris Blewitt missed a 26-yard field goal attempt as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

"I have a ton of faith in him," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said of his kicker, who missed from with 30 yards for just the second time in his career. "We're going to need him again."

Both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime before Pittsburgh took the lead on Blewitt's field goal in the second overtime. The Blue Devils (7-1) then went 25 yards in four plays, culminating in Sirk's five yard run to win it.

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(15) Nebraska Loses Abdullah, Wins Over Purdue

(15) Nebraska Loses Abdullah, Wins Over Purdue

Banana Stock/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers lost star running back Ameer Abdullah to a knee injury early, but the 15th-ranked team in the country pieced together a 35-14 win over Purdue on Saturday. The victory put Nebraska (8-1) in sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten West.

"We're very optimistic," coach Bo Pelini said when asked about the immediate future of his tailback.

Without Abdullah, Imani Cross carried the majority of the load and scored on two rushing touchdowns while quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. added another score on the ground. Armstrong also threw for a touchdown, finding De'Morney Pierson-El to open the scoring in the first quarter.

After Purdue (3-6) tied the game early in the second frame, the Huskers scored 21 unanswered points to put it out of reach. Cross book ended the three scores with his two rushing touchdowns while Terrell Newby scampered for a seven-yard score late in regulation.

It was not a very clean game for either squad. Nebraska committed three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions from Armstrong, while Purdue's Austin Appleby also threw two picks.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3)

Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2)

(13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6)

(15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6)

(18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6)

Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2)

(24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second.

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Maryland Shuts Up Penn State with a 20-19 Victory

Maryland Shuts Up Penn State with a 20-19 Victory

Banana Stock(UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa) -- The University of Maryland football team came into Beaver Stadium with a chip on their shoulder.

With 56 seconds on the clock, trailing 19-17, Terrapins kicker Brad Craddock lined up for a 43 yard field goal. Craddock measured his kick and snuck it inside the left upright.  Teammates swarmed onto the field congratulating the leaping special teamer. 

Though the real drama of the game started before the opening kickoff.

When both team's captains arrived at the center of the field for the coin toss, Penn State players extended their arms to shake hands - Maryland's players refused.  A fight then broke out between several players from both teams.

Back in May, Penn State head coach James Franklin said he intended to recruit all the best players from the Maryland-DC area and said “I know there are other schools around here, but you might as well shut them down.”

As if there wasn't enough emotion with being a new comer to the Big Ten as well as being a border state rival, Franklin's comments obviously resonated with the Terrapins.

After the game Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall apologized for the handshake incident. 

The win pushes Maryland's record to 6-3 and they are now bowl eligible. 

 

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Michigan Athletic Director Resigns Amid Controversy

Michigan Athletic Director Resigns Amid Controversy

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mi.) -- Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon stepped down from his position Friday, after an unrelenting wave of controversy.

Among the issues at hand are rising student ticket prices, the poor performance of the football team and the handling of quarterback Shane Morris after he suffered what was later diagnosed with a concussion.  Morris was allowed to re-enter a game against Minnesota after visually showing signs of injury.

"Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions," said Mark Schlissel, the university's president.

Schlissel named former Michigan football player Jim Hackett as interim athletic director. Hackett is a member of the board of advisors for two athletic programs at Michigan.

Students and fans had begun to protest around campus demanding the removal of Brandon from office. After the incident with Morris and the response from Brandon in the days after the intensity of the protests only increased.

Brandon had been the school's athletic director since 2010.  He was previously the CEO of Domino's Pizza.

 

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Still Perfect: (2) FSU Erases 17 Point 3rd Quarter Deficit vs. Louisville

Still Perfect: (2) FSU Erases 17 Point 3rd Quarter Deficit vs. Louisville

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- No. 2 Florida State rallied from a 17 point third quarter deficit to beat No. 25 Louisville 42-31 Thursday night.

Florida State (8-0, 5-0 ACC) has now won 24 straight.

It looked early like there was no stopping the Cardinals, especially running back Michael Dyer. Dyer had two second quarter touchdown runs, the second giving Louisville a 14-0 lead. Will Gardner then threw an 11 yard touchdown to Gerald Christian to put the Birds up by 21.

But the second half was a different story. After a Louisville field goal made it 24-7, Florida State scored 21 unanswered points, 12 coming off the arm of Jameis Winston, to take the lead. The Cardinals regained the lead on Dyer's third touchdown dash of the day, but Seminoles freshman running back Dalvin Cook's 38-yard touchdown run with 3:46 remaining put FSU up for good.

"We've been there before," Winston said. "Being down is nothing when you've got heart and you persevere. Personally, we play better when we're down, honestly."

Dyer finishes the day with 134 yards rushing and those three touchdowns for Louisville (6-3, 4-3 ACC).

Winston completes 25-of-48 passes for 401 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss.

Next up for the second-ranked 'Noles: a visit from Virginia next Saturday.

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Gus Malzahn Says Ole Miss Is ‘One of the Better Teams’

Gus Malzahn Says Ole Miss Is ‘One of the Better Teams’

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(AUBURN, Ala.) -- Third-ranked Auburn (6-1) will get one the biggest tests this season when they travel to fourth-ranked Ole Miss (7-1) on Saturday.

The Tigers are 3-1 in their SEC matchups this year and head coach Gus Malzahn is well aware of Mississippi's defense that is only allowing 10.3 points per game.

"[They have a] great defense [and] very good on offense," Malzahn said. "They have a senior quarterback who has a lot of experience. He's a very nifty runner in their zone read and power [run game]."

"Overall, this is one of the better teams in their country," he added.

Malzahn credited the work Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze has done in a short amount of time at the school.

"He's really good at what he does," Malzahn said.  "He's a great coach, he's a great communicator, he's got great vision. It doesn't surprise me because he's one of the best at what he does."

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Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll

Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Following a 10-7 loss at 24th ranked Louisiana State, the Mississippi Rebels fell to 7th in the latest Associated Press poll, which was revealed on Sunday. Ole Miss (7-1) had been ranked third in the nation before suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday night.

Both Mississippi State (7-0) and Florida State (7-0) remained unbeaten over the weekend and stayed at 1 and 2 in the poll respectively. Alabama (7-1) replaced Ole Miss as the number three team in the country while Auburn (6-1) and Oregon (7-1) finished out the top five.

Coming off a bye week, the Notre Dame Fightin' Irish (6-1) moved up one spot to sixth, followed by the Rebels. Michigan State (7-1) remained eighth while Georgia (6-1) and TCU (6-1) each stayed in the top-10.

The biggest jump in the poll was LSU (7-2), which moved up to 16th in the poll. Southern California, which had been ranked 20th, fell out of the top-25 after a loss to Utah over the weekend.

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(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night. 

The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score.

The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame.

In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory.

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(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night. 

The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score.

The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame.

In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory.

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(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night. 

The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score.

The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame.

In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory.

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(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Louisiana State (LSU) trailed 7-3 in the fourth quarter of a home game against third-ranked Ole Miss on Saturday. A late scoring drive and a defensive stand helped the 24th-rated Tigers pull out a 10-7 win at Tiger Stadium.

In a low-scoring affair, the Ole Miss Rebels (7-1) took the early lead when Bo Wallace found Cody Core for a 15-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. The nation's top offense was heavily slowed by LSU (7-2), unable to score for the remainder of the game. However, the Tigers offense could only muster a field goal in the first half.

The tide turned in the fourth quarter as LSU put together a 95-yard drive, spanning six minutes, that ended with the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, who threw two interceptions in the win, found Logan Stokes from three yards out to put the Tigers ahead 10-7 with five minutes to play.

Ole Miss had a chance to avoid the upset, driving to the LSU 25-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining. Gary Wunderlich was sent out to attempt a game-tying 42-yard field goal, but a delay of game penalty pushed the Rebels back an extra five yards. Head coach Hugh Freeze opted to go for it, with no timeouts, and Wallace had his pass intercepted at the goal line by Ronald Martin.

For head coach Les Miles, it was a very emotional win as it came less than 24 hours after his mother, Martha, passed away.

"After the game I can't tell you the number of young men that threw their arms around me and told me, 'Love you coach'," said Miles, who received the game ball following the win. "It is as touching as anything I have had happen."

The victory also added to Miles' legacy of come-from-behind wins. Since 2005 LSU is 24-23 when trailing in the fourth quarter, an FBS record.

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(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Louisiana State (LSU) trailed 7-3 in the fourth quarter of a home game against third-ranked Ole Miss on Saturday. A late scoring drive and a defensive stand helped the 24th-rated Tigers pull out a 10-7 win at Tiger Stadium.

In a low-scoring affair, the Ole Miss Rebels (7-1) took the early lead when Bo Wallace found Cody Core for a 15-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. The nation's top offense was heavily slowed by LSU (7-2), unable to score for the remainder of the game. However, the Tigers offense could only muster a field goal in the first half.

The tide turned in the fourth quarter as LSU put together a 95-yard drive, spanning six minutes, that ended with the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, who threw two interceptions in the win, found Logan Stokes from three yards out to put the Tigers ahead 10-7 with five minutes to play.

Ole Miss had a chance to avoid the upset, driving to the LSU 25-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining. Gary Wunderlich was sent out to attempt a game-tying 42-yard field goal, but a delay of game penalty pushed the Rebels back an extra five yards. Head coach Hugh Freeze opted to go for it, with no timeouts, and Wallace had his pass intercepted at the goal line by Ronald Martin.

For head coach Les Miles, it was a very emotional win as it came less than 24 hours after his mother, Martha, passed away.

"After the game I can't tell you the number of young men that threw their arms around me and told me, 'Love you coach'," said Miles, who received the game ball following the win. "It is as touching as anything I have had happen."

The victory also added to Miles' legacy of come-from-behind wins. Since 2005 LSU is 24-23 when trailing in the fourth quarter, an FBS record.

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(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Louisiana State (LSU) trailed 7-3 in the fourth quarter of a home game against third-ranked Ole Miss on Saturday. A late scoring drive and a defensive stand helped the 24th-rated Tigers pull out a 10-7 win at Tiger Stadium.

In a low-scoring affair, the Ole Miss Rebels (7-1) took the early lead when Bo Wallace found Cody Core for a 15-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. The nation's top offense was heavily slowed by LSU (7-2), unable to score for the remainder of the game. However, the Tigers offense could only muster a field goal in the first half.

The tide turned in the fourth quarter as LSU put together a 95-yard drive, spanning six minutes, that ended with the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, who threw two interceptions in the win, found Logan Stokes from three yards out to put the Tigers ahead 10-7 with five minutes to play.

Ole Miss had a chance to avoid the upset, driving to the LSU 25-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining. Gary Wunderlich was sent out to attempt a game-tying 42-yard field goal, but a delay of game penalty pushed the Rebels back an extra five yards. Head coach Hugh Freeze opted to go for it, with no timeouts, and Wallace had his pass intercepted at the goal line by Ronald Martin.

For head coach Les Miles, it was a very emotional win as it came less than 24 hours after his mother, Martha, passed away.

"After the game I can't tell you the number of young men that threw their arms around me and told me, 'Love you coach'," said Miles, who received the game ball following the win. "It is as touching as anything I have had happen."

The victory also added to Miles' legacy of come-from-behind wins. Since 2005 LSU is 24-23 when trailing in the fourth quarter, an FBS record.

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